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What if Menendez resigns?

It’s not considered likely that Senator Bob Menendez will resign as a result of the bi-partisan admonishment he received from the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics.  NJ and Washington Democrats have become a much more forgiving people since Senator Bob Torricelli was forced out of office after his admonishment 16 years ago.

As Bret Stephens wrote in a Trump bashing piece in the NY Times yesterday, America’s standards have declined over the years.   Menendez’s admonishment for trading the power of his office for luxury travel and massive campaign contributions will likely blow over as the Democrats and their media partners continue their mission to destroy the Trump presidency.

But what if the Russian collusion with the Senate Ethics Committee works and Menendez decides to take a job running Dr. Salomon Melgen’s port security business in the Dominican Republic while looking over his luxury villa?

If Menendez resigns, Governor Phil Murphy gets to appoint someone to fill the vacancy until January. That person would run in Menendez’s place for a six year term in the November election. Who would Murphy choose? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 27th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Bob Menendez, New Jersey, Opinion, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Booker to campaign in Montana next month

Welcome to conservative cartoonist Rob Smith, Jr. robsright.com

Senator Cory Booker is slated to travel to Montana next month (h/t The Auditorto raise money for local Democrats.

Booker is considered a frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, despite his denials of interest in the office. We can expect him to make quite of few trips to Iowa and New Hampshire over the next couple years.  But Montana?  Montana’s 3 electoral votes have gone to the Republican candidate in each presidential election since 1952 when General Dwight D. Eisenhower defeated Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson, except 1964 and 1992. President Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Montana by over 20%.

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Posted: February 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Cartoons, Cory Booker, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Dirty Doherty, Gopal Accuse Monmouth GOP and MoreMonmouthMusings of staging Belmar protest

Monmouth GOP: We’re not run by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz or Hillary Clinton

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Monmouth County Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal has a canny knack for getting otherwise good journalists to print stories based on his libelous allegations that have no basis in fact.

In 2013 Gopal issued a Friday evening press release accusing a Republican Red Bank Council candidate of having a warrant out for his arrest in Texas. MoreMonmouthMusings contacted Texas authorities to confirm the story and found that it was false.  But several respected publications ran with Gopal’s lie before retracting their story after MMM published the truth.

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Posted: August 16th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Life, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Hillary Clinton VP pick is Tim Kaine, leaving behind N.J. Sen. Cory Booker

assetContentCLEVELAND — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday night chose Tim Kaine as her running mate, bypassing U.S. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and two Hispanic members of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet. Clinton, who next week will become the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 23rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Federal Flood Insurance Reformer Quits

IMG_3871 (640x427)Brad J. Kieserman, the federal official assigned to reform the National Flood Insurance Plan and to re-open thousands of Superstorm Sandy related claims amid allegations that thousands of homeowners were short changed, has resigned his post in order to take a job at the Red Cross, according to a report on Newsday.

A 28 year employee of the federal government, Kieserman took on the reform of NFIP only 3 months ago in February. FEMA annouced four months ago that it would settle every disputed case but only about a dozen checks have been issued.

Appearing in Hoboken last week with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, as well as Highlands residents Kerry and Jamie Gowan who where representing the 70,000 New Jersey residents with claims to be reviewed by FEMA, Kieserman pledged that the government would do better in the tasks of “people caring for people.”

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Posted: June 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

FEMA will soon contact Sandy homeowners who may want to reopen their damage claims

assetContent (3)WASHINGTON — The first of an estimated 141,800 Hurricane Sandy victims will receive letters next month asking whether they want to reopen their damage claims, a top Federal Emergency Management Agency official said Tuesday. Brad Kieserman, the deputy associate administrator who oversees the federal flood insurance program, said the letters will begin going out in May… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on FEMA will soon contact Sandy homeowners who may want to reopen their damage claims

Seeking FEMA Money For ‘The Full Universe Of Victims’

assetContent (51)New Jersey’s two U.S. senators say the number of Hurricane Sandy cases currently in federal court doesn’t begin to represent all the victims harmed by the government’s “unfair” process to recover insurance claims after the storm. Those victims, lawmakers say, are entitled to FEMA settlements. On Friday, Democratic Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker wrote to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, FEMA, Flooding, Hurricane Sandy, National Flood Insurance Plan, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Seeking FEMA Money For ‘The Full Universe Of Victims’

Democrats Push Polling in Monmouth County

Professional pollsters call the tactic “unethical” and “fraudulent”

Senator Cory Booker and freeholder candidates Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo have deployed a campaign tactic dubbed "unethical" and "fraudulent" by the American Association of Public Opinion Research

Senator Cory Booker and freeholder candidates Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo have deployed a campaign tactic dubbed “unethical” and “fraudulent” by the American Association of Public Opinion Research. photo via facebook

The Democratic Party is deploying a controversial campaign tactic known as “Push Polling” in Monmouth County on behalf of Senator Cory Booker and their county freeholder candidates. MMM has received reports of such calls being delivered to unsuspecting voters in Shrewsbury, Neptune and Manalapan.

The automated calls, which do not disclose who they are being made on behalf of or who is paying for them, purport to be opinion surveys. If the voter responds that they favor Republican U.S. Senate nominee Jeff Bell rather than Booker, they are subject to a series of “If you knew” questions that distort Bell’s record and lie about his positions.

If the voter responds that they intend to vote for Monmouth County Freeholders Lillian Burry and Gary Rich for reelection, the are subject to “If you knew” questions that accuse the incumbents of unethical hiring practices, dirty dealing on Open Space acquisitions and criticizing the length of their public service in various municipal and county offices.

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Posted: September 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cory Booker, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments »